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12/01/18: Hope for the American way in N.J. immigration measures (from - Federal immigration agents make mistakes all the time. They even wrongfully arrest American citizens.

11/26/18: Why Murphy's right about lawyers for immigrants (from - Federal immigration agents make mistakes all the time. They even wrongfully arrest American citizens.

11/21/18: Editorial: Legal aid for immigrants is the right, and humane, call (from - These are scary days to be an undocumented immigrant in America. In the Trump era, amid stepped-up immigration enforcement and attempts to deport almost anyone without proper papers, people who have lived and worked in New Jersey for decades, and contributed to its economy and social milieu, now find themselves fearful of being stopped for minor traffic offenses, or even of accepting a personal check for yard work or construction jobs.

11/19/18: Murphy Administration Delivers on Promise to Provide Legal Representation for Immigrants Facing Detention and Deportation (from Insider NJ) - Following through on Governor Phil Murphy’s budget initiative, the Department of the Treasury today announced that it has allocated $2.1 million in supplemental funding to help provide legal representation for residents facing immigration issues.

10/25/18: Latest Legal Services Newsletter Focuses on Safeguards for Domestic Violence Victims

10/02/18: Criminal expungements in New Jersey just got easier (from NJ 101.5) - Changes to New Jersey’s expungement law have just kicked in, making it quicker and easier to have criminal charges wiped off your record permanently.

10/01/18: It Just Became Easier to Clean A Criminal Record in the Garden State (from NJSpotlight) - Courts already deal with 10,000 expungement applications annually. Reforms ‘will open the door’ for thousands more to apply.

09/30/18: New law will clean criminal records (from - Likely thousands of New Jerseyans seeking to expunge their past criminal or juvenile records are expected to begin taking advantage of a new law.

09/30/18: With empty shelves at food pantries around the state, volunteers get to work (from - A sweeping effort to reduce hunger in North Jersey brought volunteers out in full force Sunday, when helpers from food pantries and other charitable organizations stood at the doors of nearly 80 grocery stores and took donations for the Action Against Hunger Food Drive.

09/28/18: Legal Services Sees Wave of New Applications for Expunging Criminal Records as New Reform Law Takes Effect Monday

09/13/18: New Jersey is rich - and getting richer. But lots of poverty remains (from - Incomes up. Employment up. Health insurance coverage up.

09/11/18: Comments from Legal Services of New Jersey for Inclusion in Media Coverage of Latest Poverty and Other Statistics Being Released for Publication by the Census Thursday, September 13

09/07/18: Latest Legal Services Newsletter Focuses on School Nutrition Programs and School Bullying

08/03/18: Interactive Map: Eviction Filings Dip to Lowest Level in More Than a Decade (from NJ Spotlight)

08/02/18: State Highlight – New Jersey Expands Juvenile, Adult Record Clearance Opportunities (from Clean Slate Clearinghouse)

08/01/18: Latest Legal Services Newsletter Focuses on School Enrollment Issues and Student Disciplinary Situations

07/11/18: NJ Gives Medicaid Patients with Hepatitis C Earlier Access to Life-Saving Drugs (from NJSpotlight) - Change means severe liver damage might be avoided. Up to now, patients were only covered for treatments after damage was evident

07/10/18: N.J. Expands Vital Hepatitis C Treatments for Medicaid Enrollees (from TAP into Stafford/LBI) - The New Jersey Department of Human Services on Tuesday announced expanded hepatitis C treatments for all Medicaid enrollees in the state, a policy facilitated by increased funding in the fiscal year 2019 budget. The improvement comes amid ongoing concern about increased infections due to the opioid epidemic and a growing focus on identifying and treating hepatitis C infection among Baby Boomers.

07/03/18: Most immigrants facing deportation don't have lawyers. N.J. is changing that (from - All immigration lawyers know the axiom: Handling deportation cases in immigration court is akin to trying death penalty cases in traffic court.

06/20/18: Latest Legal Services Newsletter Focuses on the new Paid Sick Leave Law Affecting most New Jersey Workers

06/18/18: A Second Chance for Parents to Parent

05/08/18: Latest Legal Services Newsletter Focuses on the Charity Care Program that Helps Uninsured Poor People Pay Hospital Bills

04/17/18: Latest Legal Services Newsletter Focuses on Child Custody Situations when One Parent Wants to Move Out of State

04/12/18: New Federal Action Would Cut Off Due Process Protections for Newly Arrested Immigrants

04/12/18: Trump attacks immigrant rights, again (from - A newly-announced “pause” in federal grants to legal aid organizations around the country will end provision of legal rights information to individuals arrested by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as of April 30.

03/28/18: Expunging Marijuana Records the Way to Go — or a Big Headache for NJ Courts? (from NJSpotlight) - Case being made that people should be able to clear their records, but concern that tens of thousands would flood the system.

03/22/18: Legal Services Newsletter Focuses on Special Enrollment Period for Obtaining 2018 Marketplace Insurance and Other Issues

03/07/18: How to negotiate down your rent increase in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (from The Philadelphia Inquirer) - Spring and summer are traditionally the busiest times in real estate, for both homes and apartments. Home shopping is more pleasant in the balmier months, moving is typically easier, and longer, sunnier days tend to give people more time to search for new digs.

03/06/18: Opening Another Front in NJ's War Against Hunger and Homelessness (from NJSPOTLIGHT) - A trio of bills intended to reverse the inaction of the Christie years extends benefits to state's most vulnerable citizens when they're in crisis.

03/01/18: Latest Legal Services Newsletter Focuses on 2017 Federal Income Tax Returns and some Key Changes for Next Year's Returns

01/27/18: Free tax preparation services

With the Tuesday, April 17, tax filing deadline fast approaching, Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) is urging low- to moderate-income residents to avoid paying private tax preparation firms by instead taking advantage of completely free available services on federal tax returns. For more info about the VITA and CTE programs, call 1-800-TAX-1040 or visit Get Free Tax Help (from It is recommended that people make the contact as soon as possible since appointment slots fill up quickly. Additionally, people may call LSNJ’s Low Income Tax Clinic at 1-888-LSNJ-LAW from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.

01/19/18: Legal Services Urges Low-to-Moderate Income People to Take Advantage of Free Tax Preparation Services

01/11/18: Latest Legal Services Newsletter Focuses on Minimum Wages, Unemployment Benefits, IRS Debt Collections, Expungement Issues